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The Lying Life of Adults (Hardback)
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The Lying Life of Adults (Hardback)

(author), (translator)
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Hardback 300 Pages / Published: 09/06/2020
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The reclusive genius behind the best-selling Neapolitan quartet returns with another flawlessly observed novel rich in astute psychology and multi-faceted characterisation. Following the fortunes of an adolescent girl through changing family dynamics and burgeoning self-realisation, The Lying Life of Adults is a pitch-perfect dissection of Italian family life and the untamed desires and self-destructiveness of youth.

A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend

Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself?

She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, disoriented by the fact that, whether high or low, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape.

“Two years before leaving home my father said to my mother that I was very ugly. The sentence was uttered under his breath, in the apartment that my parents, newly married, had bought in Rione Alto, at the top of Via San Giacomo dei Capri. Everything—the spaces of Naples, the blue light of a very cold February, those words—remained fixed. But I slipped away, and am still slipping away, within these lines that are intended to give me a story, while in fact I am nothing, nothing of my own, nothing that has really begun or really been brought to completion: only a tangled knot, and nobody, not even the one who at this moment is writing, knows if it contains the right thread for a story or is merely a snarled confusion of suffering, without redemption.”

Publisher: Europa Editions (UK) Ltd
ISBN: 9781787702363
Number of pages: 300
Dimensions: 225 x 155 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

'As you read, a vast panorama of characters slowly unfolds . . . a diverse and dynamic tableau of humanity. Once again, Elena Ferrante has not created a mere story but an entire world.' - Il libraio 

'[The Lying Life of Adults] has the expansiveness of great literature—from Balzac to Stendhal to the always beloved Proust [. . .] It is a necessary book, which shows women that today they have the capacity to be ‘truthful, fierce, compassionate,’ where Lila and Lenù—narrowly confined within the 20th century—could not, or could only to an extent.' - Il Manifesto

'[The Lying Life of Adults] is highly addictive.' - Elle (Italy)

'Ferrante shows again how she is unbeatable.' - The Times

**CANCELLED** Elena Ferrante Book Club - The Neopolitan Quartet

**CANCELLED** Elena Ferrante Book Club - The Neopolitan Quartet

Haywards Heath
Tuesday 9th June 18:00

To celebrate the release of The Lying Life of Adults, we'll be hosting a book club to celebrate the incredible Neopolitan Quartet series. Beginning with My Brilliant Friend, we'll take a look at the mysterious author that took the literary world by storm, and deliberate about her much anticipated new novel. All of this, with a nice cup of tea and a good slice of cake.

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